Year 7 and 8 Revision Night-Strategies for Success. An environment for learning Before you do any revision, you must ensure that you are in a place where your work is going to pay off. Following these suggestions can really help. A checklist for healthy revision living.
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An environment for learning
Before you do any revision, you must ensure that you are in a place where your work is going to pay off. Following these suggestions can really help.
A checklist for healthy revision living
A revision timetable-Putting you in control
Using Post-It notes
You Tube has lots of helpful video clips of how to answer certain questions.
MyMaths (Username: thoresby, Password: triangle) can help you to revise every key topic through school.
BBC Bitesize is interactiveand colourful and the revision strands are short and snappy!
Start by finding the key facts and formulae you have noted in your exercise book (Or see your teacher for missing facts.)
Display a maximum of 12 ‘Post-its’ with key facts around your house. Every time you see one, read out loud the fact and try to make links with the place it is stuck.
Write down as many of the facts as you remembered at least once a day. You won’t remember them all at once!
Display new post-its when you are confident with the existing ones.
Making Useful Notes
Students typically find that it is impossible to remember facts and ideas by just reading them. Writing them down and making your notes more personal will help.
Using a highlighter to pick out key words (only a few in every sentence) will help you to find facts fast when you are reading notes later.
By writing notes on index cards, you will be able to keep all ‘connected’ ideas together. That means it will be easier to revise one part of a topic.
You might also have quizzes and tests with friends to make sure the notes you have written are being remembered.
Revision for Creative People
Reading notes can be daunting and it isn’t the way the mind works for lots of people. The great news is, you can be more creative
Draw Pictures to help you remember the facts
Put pictures alongside a brief explanation can make it much easier to recall hard ideas in exams
Using a Dictaphone
Most smartphones allow you to record yourself to play back later.
You may want to listen to the important facts on the bus or walk to school on the day of your exam.
Write a song
For some people, putting the ideas they find hard to remember into lyrics which could be sung to a favourite song can be a way of committing them to memory.
You have spent the last year studying with your classmates, so preparing for exams with them could be a great way of gaining understanding of things that were confusing the first time round. Some great ways of doing this include.
Write quizzes based on the subject and topics you are revising. Take it in turn to ask questions.
The key to success is supporting one another in revising the areas in which they are less knowledgeable.
Split the work by each taking a topic, character or book you have enjoyed studying.
Take it in turns to give a ‘revision lecture’ and share resources with each other.
Just a Minute
Take it in turns to talk on a topic for a minute without revision guides. Your study group then feeds back with extra ideas.
Different kinds of ‘mind maps’
Mind maps require you to put onto paper all of the things that you have learned in a topic. Depending on the subject, there are a number of appropriate strategies.
Practice Exam Questions
In some subjects (notably maths and science), getting practice in answering exam questions is essential for securing success.
The ‘standard’ mind map
Start with the subject (e.g. Maths) in the middle and think of the ‘big topics’ you have covered (e.g. Algebra). Then expand your notes further (e.g. equations, formulae, expressions, substitution)
The ‘Hierarchy’ mind map
This is a useful way of showing how things ‘feed into’ others. This may be useful for timelines in History of ‘family trees’ for characters in English.
The ‘Process’ mind map.
This helps us to see the cycles that exist and the way that one thing leads to another.
The ‘water cycle’ in geography and ccienceand the ‘Data Handling Cycle’ in maths can be hard to learn without this approach
Getting the most from practice questions
Speak to your teacher. They will be able to recommend (and even provide) good sample questions.
Don’t attempt these questions without having revised the topic first. You will feel worried and this does not help.
Work in pairs or groups to attempt questions. Collectively you will know more and it will feel more fulfilling to share your knowledge.
Make a note of things you couldn’t do and act on this.
Working towards a deadline
End of year assessments take place across a full week.
Y7: W/C 16th June
Y8: W/C 9th June
Note: Use exercise books and revision guides to create ‘mind maps’ that are accurate.